Not open for credit to students who have completed English 30. "The World Upside Down: British & American Literature, 1660-1789"
This survey class explores some of the greatest challenges and revolutionary ideas emerging from both sides of the Atlantic during the “long eighteenth century,” from superstition to empiricism, from dogma to heterodoxy. We’ll be reading some of the most influential texts of the western canon, including epic poems, captivity narratives, philosophical treatises, and one of the earliest novels. We’ll traverse terrain that extends from ancient fears to the birth of modern science, with help from modern scholars and opinions along the way. Our readings include works by Milton, Behn, Defoe, Newton, Franklin, Hume, and many others.